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    The minister of Transport, Mohamed Maghlaoui, refused yesterday to unveil the opening date of the new airport; he just said that it would be this summer. The minister stated, when visiting his sector’s projects in Algiers, that the electric railway would be launched in 2008. Some 460 passengers will be transported every seven minutes, from Algiers towards two different destinations, namely Thenea and El Afroun, explained Maghlaoui.

    In the same context, Maghlaoui visited the workings as regards the construction of a three-way bridge, for cars, trains and electric railroads. Five other bridges are also planned for electric railways, to be built alongside the Algiers-Blida line.

    As far as the Tramway project is concerned, the minister of Transport said the works launching date has not been determined yet, so the time the project would take would depend on the contract to be signed with the concerned company. The latter will be known soon, says the minister who adds that the first construction site in relation to the Tramway project will be on the level of Bordj El Kiffan, Algiers.

    The visitation of Maghlaoui in Algiers was an opportunity for the minister to get informed about the conditions of passenger reception for those coming from abroad at the marine terminal of Algiers seaport. The terminal’s supervisors underlines that 400 passengers towards Algiers are expected, adding that an average of 200 cars are arriving daily.


  • #2
    Modernization of railway network: 5 bids for high speed train lines

    International groups presented yesterday five principal bids for the realization of high speed railway lines, which comes under the framework of the modernization of transport, according to the Regional manager of basic structures of the National Company of Rail-bound Transport, Mr. Ali Lâalmi.

    During an international meeting organized at the El Aurassi hotel by the SNTF around the topic “the safety of the railroads”, the Central Director indicated that there are two groups of lines, the first reaches 750 kilometres and the second connects Touggourt and Hassi Messaoud. Concerning the groups whose invitations to tender were announced in July of last year, the technical bid envelopes were opened last January and Lâalmi indicated that the company was studying the technical bids which were chosen of the six selected initially. These are from the Italian complex Franco “Astaldi”, which is interested in the line connecting Bordj Bouarrierdj to Khemis Meliana, and as regards the line connecting Boumedfâa to Djelfa, three bids were received from the complex “Astaldi”, Italian complex “Roty Pizza pie” and the Spanish “O H L”. The fifth bid is that of the British company “Paktel” which is interested in the line between Touggourt and Hassi Messaoud.

    As regards these projects, Mr. Lâalmi announced that the opening of the envelopes relating to the commercial bids will be done in July, thus work will begin at the beginning of 2007....



    • #3
      Algeria gives Siemens-led consortium $54m railway deal

      Algeria's state-owned railways SNTF awarded a 3.95 billion dinars ($54.19 million) deal to a consortium led by Germany's Siemens, state media reported.

      The accord involves the electrification, communications and command stations and other facilities on a 204 km railway line linking the eastern city of Tebessa to the capital Algiers.



      • #4
        SNTF negotiating with General Motors on refurbishment &amp; maintenance of rolling stock

        The National Company of Railways Transport (SNTF) has undertaken negotiations which should lead to the signing of an important agreement which will allow Algeria to rehabilitate and maintain the company's fleet of trains.

        The Director of SNTF told El Khabar that the company is currently carrying out negotiations with the company “OMD”, a branch of the American company General Motors, to form a joint company with Algeria to deal with the repair of the national company's rail cars. Currently SNTF has more than 400 rail cars and it is envisaged that the joint company would take charge of the maintenance, the renovation and the modernization of the trains.

        The joint company will undertake its first operations from January of next year, the renovation of 339 trains of the whole number which should be modernized, following the creation of the joint company of which General Motors will have a 51% share while 49% will go to SNTF. In addition, 43 trains will be repaired and the rest will be repaired between 2008 and 2010.

        Operations of repair, of maintenance and modernization will be undertaken in the repair shop of Rouiba.

        According to the same sources, the national company is working to make a success of its negotiations with General Motors, which has very developed technologies concerning the refurbishing of trains and their repair and is classified among the leading international companies in this field in addition to the field of maintenance.

        SNTF negotiating with General Motors on refurbishment & maintenance of rolling stock


        • #5
          SNTF gets first digital wireless communications system for an African railway network

          Nortel to provide GSM-R to Algerian SNTF to improve efficiency and safety

          The Algerian Railways operator SNTF (Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires) has selected Nortel for the first phase of SNTF's national GSM-R project to provide a new wireless communication system that aims to enhance emergency procedures, improve operational efficiency, increase safety and reduce the overall cost of its operations. Nortel will deploy a GSM for Railways (GSM-R) network that will make SNTF the first African railway operator to adopt the new global GSM-R standard.

          The new system will allow train drivers, station controllers and other railway employees to communicate with each other instantly and at any time, either individually or as separate groups. In the first phase of SNTF's GSM-R project awarded to Nortel, the network will be deployed along the El Gourzi - Touggourt line in Eastern Algeria.

          "The international adopted GSM-R standard is a key component to upgrading the Algerian railway communication infrastructure. It is part of a much larger railway infrastructure project, including the construction of new conventional and high speed lines, upgrades of signalling systems and other railway infrastructure," says Ali Leulmi, central director of Infrastructures, SNTF. "As a world leader in GSM-R, Nortel ensures for this first phase along the El Gourzi - Touggourt line we are equipping our railway service with the most advanced communication technologies."

          "Nortel has been challenged by SNTF to provide for this first phase of SNTF project a solution that matches the growing need for communication in a fast expanding network," explains Michel Clement, president Southern Europe and Africa, Nortel. "This contract is a result of Nortel's long term commitment to the Algerian market and our role as a major telecom player in Africa with over 20 years in the region."

          Nortel will provide design and engineering services for SNTF's GSM-R network from the Nortel Global Services portfolio. Our local channel partner, SNEF Algeria, will supply construction, installation and commissioning support. "SNEF and Nortel share the same commitment to enhancing network quality and reducing the overall cost of operations," said Vincent Pratlong, Algeria operations director, SNEF. "Our local experts will work closely with the Algerian railway SNTF to realise the first GSM-R network on the continent."

          With this new contract win, Nortel is the first supplier deploying GSM-R networks in the three continents of Europe, Asia and Africa. These include among other networks national deployments in France for RFF, in Great Britain for Network Rail, and in Germany for Deutsche Bahn. Nortel supplied as well the high-speed line between Rome and Naples, Italy for SIRTI. Nortel is also deploying a GSM-R network for the world's highest rail line, the Tibet-Qinghai high-speed line in China.

          Nortel has been a pioneer in the GSM-R standards process since 1992, and has worked with UIC (Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer) and ETSI (European Telecommunications Standards Institute). Nortel supplied equipment for the MORANE (Mobile Radio for Railways Networks in Europe) trial and was a major contributor to the EIRENE (European Integrated Railway radio Enhanced Network) GSM-R standard.

          SNTF gets first digital wireless communications system for an African railway network


          • #6
            SNTF plans expansion

            Algeria's national rail transport company (SNTF) intends to renovate its transportation and traction equipments by purchasing 30 electric locomotives, 64 electric multiple-unit trains and 17 new rail cars. By these new purchases, the company wishes to improve the quality of its services, easing congestion on rail traffic and boosting trade.

            In this respect, Director of SNTF equipments Fatma Zohra Mahiouz told APS that during this current year the company will take delivery of 30 electric locomotives, including 16 with diesel motorization for the traction of goods wagons and 14 others for passengers transportation.

            Last year, SNTF announced it was planning to spend US$5 billion in the next five years on improvements.

            Algeria: National rail transport company plans expansion


            • #7
              Alstom, Siemens, Balfour Beatty shortlisted for Algeria rail order

              ALGIERS (AFX) - Alstom, Siemens AG and Balfour Beatty PLC have been shortlisted for an order to electrify a section of rail track for Algerian operator Societe algerienne des transports ferroviaires (SNTF), SNTF said.

              No financial details for the order were disclosed.

              The winning tender for the update of the 815 km line between Annaba in the east of Algeria and Oran in the West will be announced in a fortnight, the company said.

              The contract will cover design, construction as well as maintenance of the track for a total of five years.

              Alstom, Siemens, Balfour Beatty shortlisted for Algeria rail order


              • #8
                Huawei deploys GSM-R communication solution for SNTF in Algeria

                March 19, 2007 -- Huawei has been selected by Algeria Société Nationale des Transports Ferroviaires (SNTF) to provide a GSM-R communication solution for the 220 kilometer-long Tabia-Mecheria railway line, a passenger transport route in Algeria.

                Huawei will provide GSM-R network design and engineering services to SNTF. ALSTOM, a global transport and energy infrastructure provider, will supply the railway signaling system.

                The GSM-R solution from Huawei meets ETCS (European Train Control System) Level-2 standards and can support ETCS Level-3. Huawei’s GSM-R end-to-end solutions also satisfy the demand for communication on railways and adhere to the European Integrated Railway Radio Enhanced Network (EIRENE) specifications and requirements.

                The EIRENE are the international standards of GSM-R constituted by the Union Internationale des Chemins de Fer (International Union of Railways, UIC).

                Huawei's GSM-R solution set a new international high speed benchmark after a successfully test on Shanghai's Maglev Railway at high-speeds of 430 km/h in January 2007. Huawei claims it was the first company to apply GPRS technologies into a railway environment, and introduced highly reliable next generation core network based on an ALL-IP platform to GSM-R.

                “Huawei has been advocating, promoting and investing in GSM-R technologies and innovations for ten years,” said Tian Feng, president of Huawei Technologies Middle East and North Africa, in a press release.

                Feng added: “We are glad to have the opportunity to work with SNTF on a GSM-R system which enables Huawei to contribute to the railway communication industry in Algeria.”

                Huawei will improve the security and stability of each single network element according to the special requirements of railway mobile communication, and adopt disaster recovery solutions in core network design.

                Huawei Technologies provides next generation telecommunications networks.

                SNTF is a semi-autonomous public entity operating under the aegis of the Algeria Ministry of Transport.


                • #9
                  Italy's Italferr partner for major Algerian railway project

                  05/04/2007 -- Il Governo algerino ha deciso di accelerare la nomina del partner tecnologico che affiancher* la nuova Agenzia che avr* il compito di supervisionare l'intero programma di rinnovo ed estensione della rete ferroviaria del Paese (Anesrif), con investimenti previsti nell'ordine dei 10 miliardi di dollari. Il candidato prescelto a ricoprire questo ruolo strategico dovrebbe essere l'italiana Italferr, del gruppo Ferrovie dello Stato. Affiancher* Anesrif nella stesura delle linee generali, nell'organizzazione delle gare di appalto, nella definizione della contrattualistica relativa a lavori e concessioni e e nell'attivit* di controllo di avanzamenti lavori.


                  • #10
                    Algeria to invest more than 18 billion euro in rail network over 20 years

                    ALGIERS (Thomson Financial) - Algeria will invest more than 18 billion euro over 20 years to develop its rail network, extending it to 6,553 kilometers including 1,776 km of double track, the Algerian government announced.

                    The current network, inherited largely from French colonial times, is 4,300 km in length and suffers 'many inadequacies related to obsolescence of operating systems and organizational maladjustment to national economic needs', the government said in an official statement.

                    The investment plans envisage 3,553 km of electrified new lines with signalling and telecommunications. Less than 5% of goods and passengers currently move by rail in Algeria, according to a statement issued by a government panel.


                    • #11
                      Le projet de l’électrification des lignes ferroviaires d’Alger sera prêt en 2008

                      Le Directeur du projet d’électrification des lignes ferroviaires d’Alger, M. Abderrahmane Bedoui, a révélé que le projet d’électrification des lignes ferroviaires d’Alger, dont la réalisation est * 60%, sera prêt en Février 2008. Il permettra d’offrir des services de transport plus rapides aux usagers.

                      Le projet d’électrification des lignes ferroviaires, dont les travaux ont commencé en Décembre 2004, a connu un progrès, cela permet l’électrification de la ligne Alger- El Afroune * l’ouest et Alger- Ténia * l’est. Cette ligne reliera également Oued Samar et Gué de Constantine.

                      Dans sa déclaration * la chaîne de radio « El Bahdja », M. Abderrahmane Bedoui a indiqué qu’il était possible de terminer les travaux dans un délai record, sans les actes de sabotage et vols des câbles qui ont touché les sites du projet, en particulier ceux de la ville de Tidjellabine dans la wilaya de Boumerdès, de Oued Samar et de Baba Ali au sud et * l’ouest de la capitale.

                      Le responsable du projet de l’électrification des lignes ferroviaires de la région d’Alger a également indiqué la difficulté rencontrée dans ces travaux, qui se font au même moment de circulation des trains, d’un réseau de plus de100 lignes ferroviaires. La destruction cinq ponts et un passage pour les piétons qui seront reconstruits d’une manière * ne pas gêner les lignes électriques des voies ferroviaires, auxquelles l’Etat avait consacré une enveloppe de 12 milliards de dinars, sont également inscrits dans ce projet, dans le cadre du développement économique.

                      M. Abderrahmane Bedoui a également révélé des études pour l’élargissement des lignes ferroviaires qui seront le premier moyen de transport dans la wilaya d’Alger, qui relieront les quartiers de Birtouta avec la commune de Zeralda et Bab Ezzouar avec l’aéroport Houari Boumediene. Ces lignes relieront également entre la région de Ténia dans la wilaya de Tizi-Ouzou.


                      • #12
                        Mardi 5 juin 2007 --Un accord pour le développement du réseau ferroviaire algérien a été signé hier entre l’administrateur délégué du groupe italien Ferrovie dello Stato, Mauro Moretti et le directeur général de l’Agence nationale d’études et de suivi de la réalisation des investissements ferroviaires Anesrif, Hassane Saïdi, * l’occasion de la tenue * Alger du forum économique algéro-italien organisé par l'Institut italien du commerce extérieur (ICE) en présence de la ministre italienne du Commerce international, Emma Bonino et du ministre algérien des Finances, Mourad Medelci.

                        A la faveur de cet accord, la société d’ingénierie Italferr du groupe Ferrovie dello Stato s’engage * fournir au cours des cinq prochaines années l’assistance technique * l'étude de nouvelles lignes, au suivi des appels d'offres et * la gestion des projets pour l'achèvement du plan d'investissement dans le cadre du développement du programme ferroviaire algérien. Le montant global de l’offre présentée au mois de février 2006 par les Italiens a été d’environ 16 millions d’euros.

                        Toujours dans le cadre du développement des relations commerciales entre l’Algérie et l’Italie, un deuxième accord portant sur l'assistance aux investissements italiens en Algérie a été également conclu hier entre l’Agence nationale du développement des investissements (Andi) et l’Union des entreprises et industriels de la région de Rome. Cet accord vise, selon Abdelmadjid Baghdadli, directeur général de l'Andi * “accompagner efficacement les hommes d'affaires italiens désireux d'investir en Algérie” en leur créant un environnement susceptible de garantir la réussite de leurs projets.

                        En termes de chiffres, l'Italie est le deuxième client et fournisseur de l'Algérie avec un volume des échanges commerciaux dépassant les 11 milliards de dollars (environ 9,5 milliards d'euros) en 2006. Celui-ci a été de 2,5 milliards de dollars durant le premier trimestre de l'année en cours. Toutefois, ces échanges sont déséquilibrés en faveur de l'Algérie qui exporte pour l'équivalent de 8 milliards d'euros, principalement en gaz naturel vers l'Italie contre des importations n’excédant pas 1,6 milliard d’euros.

                        La ministre italienne a estimé lors d’une conférence de presse, tenue hier * Alger, en marge du Forum économique algéro-italien que “l'Italie doit saisir les opportunités d'affaires qu'offre l'Algérie dans le sillage de l'ouverture du marché et du processus de privatisation engagé depuis quelques années pour s'y implanter et investir dans les secteurs d'excellence tels que les travaux publics, le bâtiment, les transports, les télécommunications et le secteur bancaire”. "Un processus d'ouverture auquel l'Italie peut apporter son expérience, son savoir-faire et son expertise", a noté Emma Bonino.

                        Actuellement, 125 entreprises italiennes sont installées en Algérie. Le plan d'investissement italien dans notre pays compte 12 projets pour un montant total de 120 millions d'euros. Quatre ont été réalisés et 8 autres sont en cours de négociation.


                        • #14
                          Projets de réalisation de lignes ferroviaires * moyenne vitesse :

                          Mercredi 20 juin 2007 -- Les entreprises italiennes sont intéressées par les appels d’offres qui seront lancés pour la réalisation de lignes ferroviaires * moyenne vitesse dans notre pays. Selon le vice-ministre italien des Infrastructures et des Transports, Angelo Capodicasa, qui a animé hier un point de presse ponctuant une série de rencontres avec les ministres algériens des Transports, de l’Habitat et des Ressources en eau, le gouvernement algérien a opté, dans le cadre du programme de modernisation du rail, pour la moyenne vitesse «pour une question de coût».

                          Par ailleurs, l’Agence nationale italienne des autoroutes négocie avec son homologue algérienne un accord de coopération en termes de formation des personnels et consulting en matière de gestion efficiente des autoroutes, sécurité, tarification et maintenance notamment. En outre, l’Italie s’intéresse, selon son représentant officiel, * la réalisation dans notre pays de logements pour les catégories * faibles revenus, la réhabilitation du tissu urbain dégradé et la réalisation de logements «bio», utilisant des matériaux innovants, dans l’objectif de mieux lutter contre le réchauffement climatique en réduisant les émissions de gaz * effet de serre.

                          Tout un panel de pistes de coopération bilatéralle présenté par l’hôte de l’Algérie qui avait procédé la veille * l’installation du Comité technique bilatéral destiné * sérier toutes les possibilités de coopération et d’échanges d’expériences et d’expertises dans le secteur des infrastructures. Un P-V relatif au démarrage de ce comité sera finalisé aujourd’hui * l’issue de la visite du vice-ministre italien, en attendant la tenue en novembre prochain * Rome du Sommet bilatéral algéro-italien, entre les deux chefs de gouvernement des deux pays.


                          • #15
                            Pöyry awarded railway line contract in Algeria

                            June 20, 2007 -- Pöyry has been awarded contracts for new railway lines in Algeria and Finland. The total value of the assignments is EUR 3.5 million. ANESRIF, the infrastructure company of the Algerian railway company SNTF has awarded Pöyry a contract concerning the new railway line between El Bayadh and Mecheria in Algeria. The assignment is for the overall design of the 100km-long rail track which connects the El Bayadh region with the Algerian railway network. The value of the contract is EUR 2.4 million. The Algerian Government has recently launched a large long-term investment programme up to 2025 to expand and electrify the rail network including high-speed lines. This project is one of the first steps in this programme. The overall design comprises the railway construction including the electrical equipment and all engineering works. The services shall be completed within 12 months.